Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In

2016-11-23T15:01:52+00:00

Turning wind into electricity is one thing; moving the energy to a profitable market is another. For years, the wind industry has been hampered by such a severe lack of transmission lines that when the wind is strong, a local power surplus forces some machines to be shut down.  Now, Texas is out to change [...]

Texas Is Wired for Wind Power, and More Farms Plug In2016-11-23T15:01:52+00:00

Brattle Report Finds Investment Needed in Power-Hungry Texas Market

2012-06-08T10:02:14+00:00

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas’s (ERCOT’s) energy-only market has worked well for many years to support efficient operations and to attract sufficient generation investment to maintain resource adequacy. Now, despite reserve margins declining with load growth and retirements, investment appears to have stalled. Many projects have been postponed or cancelled and no major new [...]

Brattle Report Finds Investment Needed in Power-Hungry Texas Market2012-06-08T10:02:14+00:00

Wind Power Transmission Lines Rise Across Texas

2016-11-23T15:01:56+00:00

There is a rush in Texas to build transmission lines in an effort to promote wind power.  At a cost of $6.8 billion, the transmission lines will serve to transmit wind energy from remote areas to the more populated cities, such as Dallas.  Texans will likely pay for this project through future electric bills, projected [...]

Wind Power Transmission Lines Rise Across Texas2016-11-23T15:01:56+00:00

Bill aimed at reducing conflicts between wind turbines, military radars dies in Legislature

2016-11-23T15:01:59+00:00

A Senate Bill aimed at reducing conflicts between wind turbines and military radars passed the Senate, but was never debated in the House.  Wind turbine blades can mimic air crafts on radar and large wind farms can create images that can span miles on radar screens, interfering with air traffic controllers ability to see real [...]

Bill aimed at reducing conflicts between wind turbines, military radars dies in Legislature2016-11-23T15:01:59+00:00

U.S. WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY BREAKS ALL RECORDS, INSTALLS NEARLY 10,000 MW IN 2009

2016-11-23T15:02:03+00:00

January 26, 2010.  WASHINGTON, D.C. –   The U.S. wind industry broke all previous records by installing nearly 10,000 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity in 2009 (enough to serve over 2.4 million homes), but still lags in manufacturing, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said today in its Q4 report. These new projects place wind [...]

U.S. WIND ENERGY INDUSTRY BREAKS ALL RECORDS, INSTALLS NEARLY 10,000 MW IN 20092016-11-23T15:02:03+00:00

Garland’s claims about electric project disputed

2010-01-26T09:27:54+00:00

Press releases by the city of Garland claiming that a court ruling halts a huge $5 billion project to build transmission lines from West Texas wind farms to urban areas is being vigorously disputed by others. Representatives of the Texas Public Utility Commission and Oncor Electric Delivery take issue with a Garland news release Jan. 15 that declared that the ruling meant that "further transmission line development" in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones project "must be suspended until the PUC properly weighs the costs and benefits to electricity consumers." After the Garland press release was issued, the Houston Chronicle reported that the judge’s ruling "will freeze billions of dollars of work on new high-voltage power lines." PUC spokesman Terry Hadley said Yelenosky’s ruling will be reviewed by the three-member commission at its 9:30 a.m. Friday meeting in Austin. The judge’s ruling challenged only "a small sliver of the commission order," with the result that there "will be minor issues that the commission will need to revisit," Hadley said. Catherine Cuellar, a spokeswoman for Oncor, the major transmission and distribution company serving North Texas, said it is "optimistic" that the judge’s ruling "won’t cause any delay" in its 14 transmission-line projects, valued at $1.4 billion and covering 850 miles of new power lines. The judge’s ruling "was very narrow" in its scope, Cuellar said. Read more about City of Garland Appeal.

Garland’s claims about electric project disputed2010-01-26T09:27:54+00:00

After outcry, 2 companies shift their turbine plans

2009-11-24T10:41:47+00:00

The U.S. Renewable Energy Group, an investment firm, and A-Power Energy Generation Systems, a Chinese turbine maker, the two companies that encountered political anger for their plans to use Chinese-built turbines on a wind farm in West Texas have announced plans to build a new turbine factory in the United States.  The companies said in [...]

After outcry, 2 companies shift their turbine plans2009-11-24T10:41:47+00:00

California and Texas: Renewable Energy’s Odd Couple

2016-11-23T15:02:04+00:00

In addition to strong winds and lots of land Texas’s secret, is its lack of regulation. Wind developers rave about the fact that they need few state permits to build a wind project. They deal mainly with local officials, who are generally receptive (energy, after all, is a well-loved commodity in Texas). California, by contrast, has all but [...]

California and Texas: Renewable Energy’s Odd Couple2016-11-23T15:02:04+00:00

Pew Study Shows Texas Growing in Clean-Energy Jobs

2016-11-23T15:02:06+00:00

According to a study released June 10 by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Texas is a leading player in the rapidly expanding clean-energy economy.   Wind plays a big role in the number of green jobs.  If Texas were a nation, it would rank sixth in the world for annual wind-energy production, behind Germany, the U.S., Spain, [...]

Pew Study Shows Texas Growing in Clean-Energy Jobs